Countdown to 40

First, a note about the photo.  In it, Chloe was channeling Steve Martin’s “King Tut” video even though she’s never seen it.  As for Sophie, I have no idea what she’s doing, except pulling on her boing-boing curls.

I am turning 40 in a few short days.  I can hardly believe it.  It doesn’t particularly depress me, but it seems like I turned 30 only yesterday.  I was in my first year of law school then and Bill Clinton was in the throes of impeachment.
A lot has certainly happened since then.  Sadly, my father, my grandfather and my grandmother all died.  We lived through 9/11.  On the happy side, we now have two amazing children.  We’ve owned two homes.  I was a lawyer, and then I wasn’t a lawyer anymore.  We’ve survived the Bush years. There are a million other things that have defined these last 10 years for me, and I’ll probably enumerate more of them as the big day approaches.
And as I think about the past 10 years, I can’t help but wonder what the next 10 years will bring. Adolescence for Chloe and Sophie (scream!) and all the associated heartache, and trials and tribulations.  College for Chloe (scream again!).  Boyfriends (shoot me now!).  A new home?  A brother who’s a tenure-track university professor (odds are looking good right now)?  A new car or two?  Peace on earth?  A woman president after Obama’s eight years (and I’m not talking about Sarah “pardon the turkey and slaughter its siblings” Palin)?

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